New police agency head named


The Cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to promote National Police Agency Deputy Commissioner General Tsuyoshi Yoneda to the post of commissioner general Friday to succeed Yutaka Katagiri.

Yoneda, 60, joined the agency in 1976. He headed an investigation into a high-profile curry poisoning case in Wakayama Prefecture while he was the prefectural police chief.

He also led efforts to start audio and video recording of police interrogations on a trial basis when he headed the NPA’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Yasuhiko Nishimura, 57, head of the agency’s Security Bureau, will become superintendent general at the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday, replacing Tateshi Higuchi, 59.

Nishimura, who joined the NPA in 1979, is known for leading successful security operations at large-scale events, including the 2000 Group of Eight summit in Okinawa.